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SSM Health presents Trusted Leader Awards

Tammy Powell and Dr. Kersey Winfree were presented with the inaugural SSM Health Trusted Leaders Awards. Photo provided

By Maxine Wheelan
Midwest City Beacon

SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital recently recognized outstanding employees with the inaugural Trusted Leader Awards.

Tammy Powell, President, SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital and Bone & Joint Hospital at St. Anthony, and Dr. Kersey Winfree, Regional VP, Medical Affairs, SSM Health Oklahoma, were the first recipients of the award.

They presented the award at a recent ceremony hosted by the St. Anthony Hospital Department of Medicine and Department of Surgery after a rigorous selection process. In addition to rounding and seeking feedback on the floors, every living Chief of Staff was consulted, and each Chief of Staff was able to then attend the ceremony.

Dr. A.C. Vyas helped lead the selection process and shared that the extensive criteria to narrow down honorees was based on those used in a major medical journal. He is a board-certified internal medicine specialist who has been in practice for more than 40 years.

In addition to having more than 10 years of experience in an executive position directly responsible for decision making, any honoree must exhibit the traits of honesty, authenticity/genuineness, dependability, competence, vision, outcome-orientation, transparency, sense of community and empathy. It is also important that Trusted Leaders be able to say “thank you” and “I’m sorry.”

On Oct. 27, the Trusted Leader Awards were presented to Powell and Dr. Winfree.

Powell is President of SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital and SSM Health Bone and Joint Hospital at St. Anthony Hospital. In November 2021 she began a term as Oklahoma Hospital Association Board Chair. She is also chair of Downtown Oklahoma City Board and board member of several other organizations which includes YWCA, Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, EMSA and Oklahoma City University. Pres. Powell has a son, Drew Powell who is a doctor in Ohio.

Dr. Winfree is Regional VP, for Medical Affairs, SSM St. Anthony, Oklahoma. He is a Medical Staff member and has served on SSM Health Oklahoma Regional Board. He is a past Regional Medical Group President. He has current board seats with the Lynn Institute Leadership, Oklahoma City and is also appointed to the Oklahoma State Department of Health Regional Trauma Advisory Board Committee. He attended the University of Oklahoma, College of Medicine for his medical degree. He completed residency of internal medicine at Oklahoma Memorial Hospital and has practiced at SSM St. Anthony Ministries his entire career. He also has an MBA from the Oklahoma City University Meinders School of Business.

Dr. Winfree has two sons in health care, Dr. Walter Winfree and Dr. William Winfree.

The presentations were made at a recent ceremony by the St. Anthony Hospital Department of Medicine and Department of Surgery.

SSM has many providers and leaders that are dedicated to providing quality care to the Midwest City area and surrounding communities. The former Midwest City Hospital is now lead by the SSM group.

Tammy Powell was presented with the inaugural SSM Health Trusted Leaders Awards. Photo provided

Dr. Kersey Winfree was presented with the inaugural SSM Health Trusted Leaders Awards. Photo provided

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